Righteous Republic: The Political Foundations of Modern India

Righteous Republic: The Political Foundations of Modern India

Ananya Vajpeyi


What India's founders derived from Western political traditions as they struggled to loose their kingdom from colonial rule is extensively understood. much less recognized is how India's personal wealthy wisdom traditions of 2 and a part thousand years encouraged those males as they set approximately developing a kingdom within the wake of the Raj. In Righteous Republic, Ananya Vajpeyi furnishes this lacking account, a ground-breaking review of recent Indian political thought.

Taking 5 of crucial founding figures-Mohandas Gandhi, Rabindranath Tagore, Abanindranath Tagore, Jawaharlal Nehru, and B. R. Ambedkar-Vajpeyi seems at how each one of them grew to become to classical texts so that it will model an unique experience of Indian selfhood. the various assets within which those leaders and thinkers immersed themselves incorporated Buddhist literature, the Bhagavad Gita, Sanskrit poetry, the edicts of Emperor Ashoka, and the creative and architectural achievements of the Mughal Empire. India's founders went to those assets to not get better outdated philosophical frameworks yet to invent new ones. In Righteous Republic, a portrait emerges of a bunch of cutting edge, artificial, and cosmopolitan thinkers who succeeded in braiding jointly Indian wisdom traditions, the single political and anxious with social questions, the opposite spiritual and orientated towards transcendence.

Within their big highbrow, aesthetic, and ethical inheritance, the founders looked for various points of the self that will permit India to return into its personal as a contemporary countryside. the hot republic they envisaged may include either India's fight for sovereignty and its quest for the self.

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